From the Locker Room: Sabres-Blues

Hear from Jack Eichel, Carter Hutton, Marco Scandella and head coach Phil Housley following the Sabres 4-1 loss to St. Louis

Jon Simon
December 28, 2018 - 12:09 am

Photo: Bill Boyce - Associated Press


The Buffalo Sabres came back from the Christmas break on Thursday night, but came out flat in the second and third period in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Jack Eichel scored the lone Buffalo goal in the second period on the power play, his 15th goal of the season. Carter Hutton stopped 28 of 32 shots faced in his return to St. Louis, but ended up taking another loss.

The Blues' second and third goals came just 54-seconds apart midway through the second period, putting the Sabres in a 3-0 hole. Eichel's goal made the score 3-1, but that was as close as Buffalo would get to a comeback.

Former Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly scored the Blues' fourth goal of the game to seal the win in the third period. 

Let's go inside the Sabres locker room to see what Eichel, Hutton, Marco Scandella and head coach Phil Housley had to say following the loss:


Jack Eichel: 

On traveling the day of the game: "Obviously it's not an easy day for us in terms of traveling and getting here. But I think that as a group we should've been a bit more mature about the situation and gave ourselves a better chance to win." 

On team's play: "I didn't think stuff was clean tonight. It was a little bit sloppy. I thought maybe we were chasing it a bit and we never established our game after a little bit of the first period. We just need to move on at this point and learn from this game, and we will tomorrow and get ready for another game Saturday."



Carter Hutton:

On the loss and performance: "Obviously I think I have to be better. Four goals is just unacceptable. I think as a team we weren't happy with the way we checked tonight. We let them hang around after a good start and they took it to us. 

On bouncing back from loss: "I just have to get back to doing my thing. I can't control what we do in the other end but I need to be better. I have to do a better job of battling and keeping us in games."



Marco Scandella:

On team's play and effort: "We just didn't play to our standards. We can't come out in the second period and play the way we did and expect a win. We weren't skating. We weren't reloading. We just weren't playing our game."

On traveling to St. Louis on same day of the game: "It's no excuse. You're going to have a lot of travel days during the schedule. There's just absolutely no excuse for that."



Phil Housley 

On team's play and second period: "You have to play a 60-minute game. I thought in the second period we were a little sloppy. I think our execution, the three icings and the penalty kill started the momentum change. It got them on their toes and that was the difference in the game. We just didn't have any push in the third period."

On protecting their own goal and crashing the opponents: "I just thought there were too many guys standing in front of our net and not enough from our team going to their net. In this league if goalies see the puck they're going to make saves. A lot of times there were guys standing around our goalie poking pucks and we just need to be a bit more firm in front of our net." 


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